HBO Max, the streaming service owned by WarnerMedia which was launched in May, announced today that it has embarked on an untitled television series linked to the movie “The Batman” (currently scheduled for release in 2021).
The show will take place in the Gotham City Police Department, with a creative team that includes Matt Reeves, the film’s co-writer and director, as well as the creator of “Boardwalk Empire” Terence Winter.
It sounds like familiar territory – the police department of a city invaded by colorful criminals has probably been best explored in the comic book series “Gotham Central” (written by Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka and drawn by Michael Lark) , but it was also the focus of the recent (bad) Fox TV show “Gotham”.
However, HBO Max’s announcement stressed that it will be an extension of the feature film, “ultimately the launch of a new Batman universe on multiple platforms.” It is an approach that the streamer also adopts with “Dune: The Sisterhood”, a series which is related to the next film “Dune”.
“It’s an incredible opportunity, not only to broaden the vision of the world I create in the film, but to explore it in the kind of depth and detail that only a long format can afford – and to work with incredibly talented Terence Winter, who has written with insight and power on the worlds of crime and corruption, is an absolute dream, “said Reeves in a statement.
It also remains to be seen whether the program is influenced in any way by the ongoing protests for racial justice. It may seem absurd to link real-world political issues to a comic book TV show, but the protests have led to a Hollywood estimate of how movies and TV glorified the police – for example, Andy Samberg recently stated that the writers and cast of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is trying to rethink the show to make it “something that makes us feel morally good”.